PharmD in College of Pharmacy in University of South Florida-USA

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Admissions Requirements

  • 2.75 Overall GPA (preferred).
  • 72 hours of prerequisite coursework credit hours.
  • While 65th percentile composite PCAT score is preferred, we will consider applicants with lower scores that may have other strong academic indicators providing evidence of success. PCAT scores older than 3 years will NOT be accepted.

    Latest PCAT accepted for fall 2014 is January 8, 2014 for regular decision and September 18, 2013 for early decision applicants.

    EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS: In order for your scores to be considered as part of our Early Decision program you MUST send us a copy of your unofficial PCAT test scores via email immediately following the exam on September 18, 2013. Be sure to email unofficial test scores to no later than 11:59 PM EST on September 19, 2013. Please ensure that the subject line reads 'Early Decision September PCAT Test Scores.' Should we not receive a copy of your unofficial test scores by the deadline we will use the PCAT test score on file. If no test scores are on file, then your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed as part of our Early Decision program.

  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States of America.

All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants. By utilizing this process, applicants academic record along with experiences and attributes are assessed for potential academic and clinical success.

It is preferred but not required that applicants meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum completion of three years of college coursework after completion of high school diploma (more preferred are students with a bachelor's degree).
  • Completed prerequisite science coursework designed for science majors.
  • Completed science and math courses during the regular academic year and not during a summer term.



Prerequisites Coursework

  • Coursework must be completed regardless of previous degrees earned.
  • Coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • If accepted into the Class of 2018, missing prerequisites must be completed no later than summer sessions C (July 2014). Due to session end dates, prerequisite courses CANNOT be taken during the summer B session.
  • General education prerequisite coursework must have been taken within the past 10 years, and science coursework must have been taken within the past 5 years from the time of matriculation.
  • All coursework must be taken at a 2 or 4-year accredited institution within the United States.
  • AP coursework is accepted with a score of 3 or higher, IB coursework is accepted with a score of 4 or higher.
  • Gordon rule courses will not meet the prerequisite for English coursework; English courses must be taken with the English Department at or above the level of English Composition or English Literature (ESL courses will not be accepted).
  • Applicants who attend a college on the quarter system should multiply the number of credits by .66 for translation into semester hours. Round partial credits of .5 and above up to the next semester hour; credits at .4 and below are rounded down.

Applicants must complete the following prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation. Coursework need not be completed at time of application.









General Chemistry (w/lab)


Organic Chemistry (w/lab)




General Biology (w/lab)




Human Anatomy & Physiology


Cell or Molecular Biology (upper division)


Biochemistry (upper division)


Genetics (may be taken up until the beginning of the 2nd pharmacy year)


General Psychology or Sociology


Economics (Micro or Macro)


Humanities and Arts AND/OR Behavioral and Social Sciences (1 course related to diversity and culture and/or social and ethical issues)




If you are unsure if a course you have taken or plan on taking fulfill our prerequisite requirement, follow the following steps:

  1. Review the Course Guides by School


  2. If your school is not listed and/or the course in question is not listed, review the Prerequisite Evaluation Guide. This guide provides you with the course descriptions for our prerequisite courses. Then, compare the course description of the course you have taken or plan on taking.


  3. If you still are unsure if the we will accept the course, then you must complete the Prerequisite Coursework Evaluation Petition.


Admissions staff will not review prospective students' transcripts. The review of transcripts is what occurs as part of the process of reviewing applications.


Early Decision and Regular Decision Applicants:
Upon the opening of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) 2013-2014 application portal (opens June 3, 2013), applicants must:


REGULAR DECISION APPLICANTS: The latest PCAT accepted for Regular Decision is January 8, 2014.

A word about Early Decision

The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program.


Checking the Status of Your Application Materials

Use the STATUS link on the PharmCAS application to verify receipt of your supplemental application and fee, PCAT score, and letters of reference. Please allow 7-10 business days before checking if your supplemental application and fee have been received.

Application Checklist

Admissions Timeline

    1. Submit an application to the College of Pharmacy through the PharmCAS ( and remit the associated fee to PharmCAS.
    2. Take the PCAT ( and have official scores reported to PharmCAS (code 104).

      EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS: The latest PCAT accepted for Early Decision is September 18, 2013 scores. Early Decision applicants MUST email a copy of their unofficial PCAT test scores to no later than 11:59 P.M. EST on September 19, 2013. When emailing your unofficial score report ensure that the subject line reads 'Early Decision September PCAT Test Scores.' Should we not receive a copy of your unofficial test scores by 11:59 PM EST on 9/19/2013, we will use the PCAT test score on file. If no test scores are on file, then your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed as part of our Early Decision program.

    1. Provide an official copy of all college transcripts to PharmCAS.
    2. Request the submission of at least two (2) letters of recommendation on your behalf to PharmCAS. One letter must be from a science professor.
    3. Electronically submit the USFCOP Supplemental Application and $30 non-refundable application fee. Applicants will be able to access the supplemental application online beginning August 2013. Please visit this page at that time.
    1. Less stress by cutting the time spent waiting for a decision
    2. Save the time and expense of submitting multiple applications
    3. Gain more time, once accepted, to look for housing and otherwise preparing for starting the PharmD program
    4. Reassess options and apply elsewhere if not accepted





Early decision deadline is September 3, 2013. To learn more about the Early Decision program, visitPharmCAS. The admissions requirements and application process are the same as with regular decision.

Regular decision deadline for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle is December 2, 2013.

Application materials must be received (not postmarked) by the respective deadline.

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Transfer Students

USF COP will review transfer requests from pharmacy students from other ACPE-accredited pharmacy schools on a case-by-case basis. It is possible that spots will be available for the fall 2013 PY2 year. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, have legitimate reasons for seeking a transfer, and must come from a program in which the curriculum structure makes sense for placement into the USF COP curriculum. Individuals dismissed from a college of pharmacy for insufficient academic performance or unprofessional behavior will not be considered for admission.

Transfer students will NOT be accepted past the second professional year. 

To be considered for a transfer, a student should meet the COP's general admissions requirements and must submit the following:

  1. E-mail a letter to the Director of Admissions at indicating why you wish to transfer and explain any difficulties encountered at your current institution.Please do NOT proceed through steps 2-8 until the Director of Admissions responds to your email.
  2. A letter from the Student Affairs Dean of the pharmacy program in which the student is enrolled indicating the current academic status and/or terms of withdrawal/dismissal. This letter can be emailed or mailed to the Director of Admissions.
  3. A catalog and detailed syllabi for all pharmacy courses in which advanced standing consideration will be requested. These documents can be mailed to the Office of Admissions if electronic copies are unavailable.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a current pharmacy faculty member.
  5. Submit a USFCOP transfer application and $30 non-refundable application fee.
  6. If applicable, provide an official copy of PCAT test scores to USFCOP.
  7. Provide official copies of all college transcripts to USFCOP.
  8. Additional documents or letters of recommendation as determined necessary by the Director of Admissions.

The Admissions Committee will review transfer applicants admissions file following the standard process for regular decision applicants.

Transfer students accepted into the program must complete a criminal background check and drug screen through Certiphi Screening prior to the start of the program. Any costs associated with the completion of the criminal background check and drug screen are the students' responsibility. In addition, transfer students must comply with all accepted student requirements.

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Interview Days

Our interview process is intended to assess interviewees non-cognitive skills. Interviewees will be invited to attend an on-campus interview beginning in January 2013. Early decision interviews will take place on October 3, 2012.

Please note that USFCOP does not admit applicants on a "rolling" basis. Offers of admission will be made beginning in mid-February and will continue to be made in batches throughout the spring and summer months.

Accepted Students Requirements





$17,500 (estimated) per year. Please note this figure is an estimated cost of tuition only and does not include fees, the cost of books, supplies, room, board and other living expenses. When fees are included the estimated cost for in-state tuition is estimated at $18,175 and out of state at $35,920. Please contact Mrs. Robinson with the Financial Aid office at 813-974-5699 for further information.

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InPHARMation sessions

Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to sign up for an session before meeting with an Admissions Advisor. Most admissions related questions can be answered by attending a session. These sessions are intended to provide prospective students with an overview of the PharmD program, admissions requirements, and application process. An optional campus tour will be provided at the end of the formal program.

Upcoming sessions (1-2:30pm):
  • March 8
  • April 19
  • May 10
  • May 31
  • June 14

To register, please fill out the session registration form. This link opens a new browser window. Please ensure that any popup blocking software is temporarily disabled.

Online Chat Sessions

  • June 26 3-5pm EST
  • July 17 7-9pm EST
  • August 28 7-9pm EST

    Registration is NOT required to join a chat session. On the day of the event simply visit this site the CareerEco site ( Instructions on the how to use the chat features are included on the website listed above - upper right corner. Should you experience technical difficulties during the chat session please do contact Wayne Fishell, CareerEco representative, at and he can assist you.


Scheduling an appointment with an advisor

Please note that advising sessions are not intended for us to review your transcript, evaluate how competitive you are as an applicant or where you may stand in the applicant pool. The process of reviewing applications and evaluating applicants is what occurs as part of our admissions process.

Before scheduling an appointment, be sure to review the USF COP admissions requirements and application process. Appointments must be scheduled online via eScheduler. You will be taken to the USF online appointment scheduler. Please enter your email address and select 'Submit.' Then enter your student information, select "College of Pharmacy" from the 'Area' drop down menu and indicate the reason for your appointment. You can either manually enter a date or use the calendar icon to select a date. After the date is selected the system will let you know if the Admissions Advisor is available on the date you entered. If she is available, you then must select a 30-minute session. If you encounter any problems with using e-Scheduler, please contact the Office of Admissions.


USF College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 30
Tampa, FL 33612


Phone number: 813-974-5699

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